KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — With space available on the team’s 85-man scholarship roster, Tennessee coach Butch Jones awarded scholarships to the two most logical choices.
Fifth-year senior Jacob Gilliam has been a longtime walk-on and is in line to potentially start at offensive tackle this year. Second-year sophomore Devaun Swafford was thrown into the fire and played regularly as a nickel back in 2013. He’ll be in the regular rotation in 2014, possibly as a safety.
Jones told News Sentinel partner GoVols247 about the news Tuesday night.
“They’re very consistent in their approach, and not only are they helping us on the football field, they’re doing well in the classroom,” Jones said before a speaking engagement in Johnson City.
Tennessee’s new scholarship roster is embedded below. Click here if you can’t see the graphic or if you want to view the spreadsheet directly. Be advised the projection of 83 scholarship players is unofficial and subject to change. But there is likely one or possibly two more slots available for a veteran walk-on this summer.
You can also check out the updated depth chart (Gilliam and Swafford are no longer color-coded as walk-ons!) Also, check out the new “needs chart” for 2015. Gilliam’s addition to the scholarship rolls doesn’t impact that calculus, as this is his final year of eligibility.